Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of the side stories fans of all ages wanted to see. However, it is also one of now five Star Wars movies with a PG-13 rating. This review helps parents decide if their kids will enjoy it.
Review: Children who have not known a world without the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be eager to watch "Avengers: Infinity War." This spoiler-free review helps parents decide if their kids can.
Ever since Black Panther first pounced into action in 'Captain America: Civil War,' fans wanted to see more of the hero. This review helps parents decide if their kids can see more in 'Black Panther.'
Kids may be excited to see the Justice League finally team up on the big screen. This review will help parents decide if kids should stick to the cartoons.
Review: Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder. The highly anticipated 'Wonder Woman' movie has all those things. This review will help parents decide if this movie also has something for kids.
A review to help parents decide if the new Star Wars movie is appropriate for their child to see.
Ready for summer with the kids? Discount stores, like Dollar General, can help families prepare for summer fun with a variety of items at low prices.
Review: Information to help parents decide if their kids can see 'Captain America: Civil War'
A review to help parents decide if the movie 'Batman v Superman' is appropriate for their child to see.
Parents can take the superheroes of the big screen and colorful books and create a party kids will love.
Leia Organa has the power of the Force within her, but is she an actual Jedi in 'The Force Awakens'? This is an analysis of the character in the movie, which means spoilers ahead...
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" can be called amazing for many reasons, including its effects on the box office, but some don't seem to understand why.
A review to help parents decide if the new Star Wars movie is appropriate for their child to see.
Princess, Batman character, and action or super hero top annual survey's list
Pow! Zap! Rise as Batman villains for Halloween with these no-sew DIY ideas.
Review... Should you let your kids watch Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Bite-size Eggplant Pizza Pinwheels are great for the entire family, including self-feeding babies
Many actors have seen their characters turned into Lego minifigures, but who has received the honor the most?
Truffula trees are featured in Dr. Seuss' book "The Lorax." This recipe is great for kids' parties or Read Across America events.
Ideas for creating a Dr. Seuss theme party including games, food and favors.
How to pack a road trip survival kit for kids
The popularity of the classic Lego building blocks makes it a great idea for a birthday theme for both boys and girls to enjoy.
Some schools may let kids wear hats that are crazy or show their love of Dr. Seuss books for Read Across America Day. There are probably supplies already at home to easily make a hat from scratch.
Whether it's a blizzard or a hurricane, kids need a little more than the basics to feel comfort when the lights go out, or the weather just makes it impossible to go outside.
Heart shapes are not the only way to celebrate Valentine's Day food-wise. Families can celebrate with red and pink foods and even with foods that are heart-healthy.
Between Peter Pan (and the cartoon spin-off, Jake and the Neverland Pirates) and The Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, children have plenty of inspiration for role-play or for Halloween costumes.
Parents don't have to buy boxes of tiny Valentine's cards that are so tiny the kids have a hard time writing names on the back. With a basic craft supply, they can easily help their kids make cards.
Kids who want to give gifts to loved ones for Valentine's Day can easily make them.
Review of WWE Fit Series with Stephanie McMahon- Five fat-burning workouts for a lean, chiseled body
You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. But, do you recall everything about "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?"
A Polar Express party theme is great for December birthdays or other December gatherings for kids. Here's a guide to create your own party.
How to make candy cane-flavored treats like Peppermint Bark Brownies, Candy Cane Blossom Cookies and Cupcakes
How well do you know Peter Pan?
Thanksgiving week can mean celebrations in classrooms and workplaces. Treat contributions should be festive, small and easy to distribute.
How well do you know the top toys for Christmas 2014? Take this quiz to find out!
How to get the best deals, avoid injury and enjoy the day
Victoria's Secret is no stranger to controversy. This time, the lingerie is being ignored and it is the models and the words used drawing ire. Perhaps that is exactly what the company wanted.
Our body images have become serious, and sometimes hurtful, discussions. The latest victim of our ire is Victoria's Secret.
If you want to give something other than the long list of electronics the kids requested, here's five suggestions kids will love.
Last year, 57 percent of parents were willing to accrue debt to buy holiday gifts. Shoppers can avoid holiday debt, and even earn money, with these tips.
Both Skylanders and Disney Infinity are popular games with new installments available just in time for the holidays. If you can only afford or want one, this will help you make a decision.
Bake sales are no longer allowed, leaving school groups wondering how they are going to raise the funds they need for trips, uniforms and supplies. Here are five more fundraisers to try.
Bake sales are no longer allowed, leaving school groups wondering how they are going to raise the funds they need for trips, uniforms and supplies. These five fundraisers can easily fill the void.
While a bushel and a peck sounds cute, it's a lot of apples. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of apples your family hauled off the farm, here's some ideas to help get rid of those apples.
How to make costumes for families and groups based on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Easy, no sew ideas for Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax.
How to make most superhero costumes - no sew, easy ideas. Includes how to make belts, capes and even a skirt worthy of warriors like Wonder Woman.
Whether for Halloween or play, kids love dressing up as heroes, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are among the favorites. This homemade shell can be made with items found around the house for free
How to throw a backyard Halloween party for kids- includes invitations, decorations, food and games
Ready to move? Packing your belongings yourself helps you save money. These tips will help prevent chaos, extra costs and broken items.
Tips on how to keep yourself and the kids organized through those sometimes chaotic 180 days of school.
Kids can visit a life-size Candy Land with birthday party idea based on the board game.
Review... Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is a hit at the box office, but will it be a hit for your kids?
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31. Muggle fans can celebrate the fictional hero's birthday with these almost magical ideas.
How to plan a medal-worthy Olympics theme party for kids.
Somehow, a little girl's letter to the Lego company went viral recently... Legos are not gender-specific. They never have been...
Stores provide checklists when expectant parents create a baby registry, but there's more items parents will need that the stores (and some parents) don't think about including.
It will be hard to find someone who has never seen "The Wizard of Oz" starring Judy Garland. The movie has been part of our culture since 1939, and has inspired so many. References to the movie can be seen even in blockbusters like "The Avengers"...
In 2010, a law (32.4-36) went into effect requiring motorists to stop when a pedestrian is at a marked crosswalk in New Jersey. In 2011, 143 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the state.
Sometimes, no matter what combination of things you mix, there's a child who will eat around the fruit in trail mix. This trail mix hides the fruit in the granola, so little ones get some fruit in their bodies without realizing it.
Review... He may be your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but is 'The Amazing Spider-Man' movie kid-friendly?
Kick your burger up a notch with this taco-inspired recipe.
Review... Should you take your kids to see The Avengers?
If the same old smoothie is getting a little blah, try this variation with a little hazelnut spread inside...
Children who love penguins will love these ideas for a penguin-themed party.
We used to move. A lot. Moving became my way to reorganize and declutter my home...Somehow, we've lasted almost five years in our current home, and a new way to reorganize and declutter had to be found.
How to throw a Harry Potter theme party for an 8-year-old, including chocolate frogs, potions and transfiguration...
To give summer one last hurrah, we had a karaoke dance party. Now, we don't have a karaoke machine. Instead, we used our Lego Rockband game and microphone.
It was showtime for the puppets made on Tuesday, but the boys were a little concerned about their lines. So, I agreed to narrate by reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Actually, they did two performances, using two different versions.
The 34-acre park has 1.3 miles of trails, including the boardwalks for creek viewing. Butterflies are plentiful since there are many plants attractive to butterflies in the park. When we got to the gazebo, or "overlook," we found there was also a small man-made pond that is the home to several...
They make and perform a puppet show. This is a two-day project because of drying time.
The bright red, white and blue equipment of Wood Park in Cinnaminson mixes new challenging equipment with the old-school faves.
With the hurricane coming this weekend, we stocked up on popsicle sticks at the craft store (the boys were on a Fla-Vor-Ice kick this summer, so too few recycled) because there are so many things you can make with these sticks. They are like...
It was a rainy day, and while searching for possible hurricane activities in the craft store, I found create your own puzzle packs on sale for only 49 cents. The ironic thing was that the little one said to me when entering the store that all he...
Our newest television obsession is American Ninja Warrior on G4 network. To satisfy the boys' obsession, today I built a kiddie ninja warrior course at the local playground.
The Garden State Discovery Museum is on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill. Through the end of August, the museum is open until 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
The loosely fenced park includes war memorial, ball field, tennis courts, gazebo, paths and a playground with equipment for preschoolers and school-age children.
The game plays just like regular Trivial Pursuit, only the questions are all about Star Wars. And, I mean ALL about Star Wars. Even the behind the scenes rumors. This is also a DVD-enhanced game, so when it's time to earn a pie, the DVD asks your question. It also asks an even harder question for...
They worked together when Nana suggested they do a craft called a pomander ball, something Colonial Americans made from whole oranges and cloves. Often they would stud the entire fruit with the cloves and traced intricate patterns.
This week, my husband is off from work and is in charge of the activities. Here's his account of today's adventure: Sports fields are hard to maintain. If it isn’t the mowing, it’s the drainage, or the painting of the lines, etc. There are a...
This week, my husband is off from work and is in charge of the activities. Here's his account of today's adventure: After yesterday’s intellectual battle playing the board game “Clue,” the boys weren’t done testing their wits against each...
This week, my husband is off from work and is in charge of the activities. Here's his account of today's adventure: The image is unforgettable for any fan of the wacky 1980s movie “Clue.” Tim Curry ran around trying to explain how...
The playground is centered by a faux old-looking tree. It has an upper level (which is also creatively handicap-accessible!) making the treehouse look.
Needing to get out of house and knowing fresh air is as a good a remedy as any other, we headed to the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, nested just beside the Tacony Palmyra Bridge. The park is great because it has a variety of trails allowing visitors...
The boys love birds, so they have painted a few birdhouses in their short lives. They don't really need another one. That's why they agreed to team up and paint one birdhouse as gift to their grandfather. Supplies: wooden birdhouse (ours was...
Being another sick day (this time for me), we kept the activity for today simple and indoors. I taught the boys how to make origami frogs. When I was little, I used to make these frogs as if they were cranes. (It is said folding 1000 cranes makes...
The oldest one helped me pick out suncatchers at the craft store. Most designs are on the girls side, but the little one requested a butterfly, and there were plenty of butterflies to choose from.
While Lions Den in Cherry Hill has some generic features, it has one we've never seen before. It even stumped the boys.
We've been to Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford many times before, and even once already this summer to pick blueberries, but tonight we went simply to play. Besides being a typical pick-your-own farm with farm market and greenhouse, this farm has...
We went low-key with our Shark Week viewing today by watching Disney's Finding Nemo. In this movie we all momentarily learned that "fish are friends, not food." Bruce the shark eventually smells the error in his statement, then feels the error in...
Adventure Aquarium is an annual Shark Week trip for our family. It has a shark realm, shark tunnel, shark cage match, a shark mascot and even an exhibit where you can touch a shark.
The boys are mesmerized by sharks this time of year thanks to Discovery Channel's Shark Week. To feed their fin-anticism, I created shark cards for them to play games like memory and go fish this week. It's easy to find free images of sharks...
The husband has been wanting to take the kids to mini golf all summer, and today things worked out so we could all go together as a foursome. We headed out to the nearest course which is at The Funplex, a multi-attraction place, in Mt. Laurel. ...
Before tonight, Liza Colby was a character on my favorite soap opera. Now, the name has new meaning. The boys and I decided to see the concert at the Promenade shopping center. I've been trying to convince them to go ever since their free Summer...
Most children love ladybugs and love trying to count their spots. Today, we made ladybugs we can see and play with whenever we want to.
Cooper River Park is almost 350 acres and is so big, it is a part of four Camden County towns: Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township. The William G. Rohrer Children's Playground sits off of North Park Drive in Pennsauken.
Review...The great thing about this movie, Captain America: The First Avenger is he can be a real hero. As in real, real.
We battled the heat, and we won. Okay, actually, we battled each other. We each grabbed a gun, filled it with water and started shooting.
We took a short trip to Lumberton, NJ, where the Air Victory Museum is located at the South Jersey Regional Airport. Right away he saw the huge E-2B Hawkeye on display outside the museum and ran to it to check it out. We could have never gone into the museum and he would have been happy.
Because the little one is in to airplanes, we picked up kits to build toy model airplanes for a dollar each at the craft store. The best part about this kit from Creatology is all the supplies you need, even glue, is included in the box. The...
I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation... Today, kids decorated hats for a summer art project.
Fort Medford looks just like that-- a fort with a Native American theme, complete with teepees and totem poles. The play structures are like simple climbing mazes, keeping kids from taking the same route twice.
Review... Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and its appropriateness for children younger than 13.
Because of the popularity of Harry Potter, students on college and high school campuses worldwide play muggle quidditch, a grounded version of the sport. We tried this game in a nearby park, with a little bending of the rules due to the number and ages of participants.
How to easily make the Chocolate Frogs from the Harry Potter series (sans cards with moving wizards) at home.
Still on the Harry Potter kick, and wanting to do something that had to do the search for Horcruxes, I came up with a new type of scavenger hunt for the oldest one to do.
How to turn your home into Ollivander's workshop and make wands out of colored pipe cleaners.
Due to a ran delay, we postponed our game of home run derby to today. Because I didn't feel like chasing balls that accidentally go over fences, we gathered bats, a ball, a mitt and walked to the nearest field. We let the little one go first, with...
Because I had a coupon from Recyclebank, we went to Camden to see the Riversharks, a minor league baseball team, play. And, because we were at a ballgame it was hot. It always seems to feel like the hottest day imaginable whenever we go to a...
Staying with the baseball theme, today we made a treat the boys have been waiting for ever since they saw the ingredients go into the shopping cart-- Rice Krispies Baseballs. Okay, so you've heard of Rice Krispies, but not Rice Krispie Baseballs....
One essential part of baseball is throwing and catching. Unfortunately, the oldest one is a late bloomer on these sorts of things, so he and the little one both needed to learn before playing an actual game of catch.
Before heading out to the parade in town, I gave my children a little project to decorate the house for the holiday... First, I gave them strips of red and blue paper (construction paper first folded in half longways, then folded again longways...
In preparation for Independence Day events, I thought the kids would like to make patriotic blue tie dye shirts to wear Monday.
The park has three playground areas, and, of course, my children have to play on all three.
Every summer we make at least one trip to Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, NJ, to pick blueberries. Tonight was a Family Fun Night at which the hayrides to the blueberry patch (and the corn field) were free, so, of course we saved the money and...
One of my favorite crafts at camp was making friendship bracelets. I cannot remember a summer when I did not make several, so, of course, I thought the boys could handle it, or at least the oldest could. The boys picked out their favorite colors...
We sometimes go on walks through the neighborhood for exercise and to make sure the kids are aware of their neighborhood. To make it more interesting, the boys compete in a scavenger hunt.
Because of unforeseen circumstances, what I had planned to do with the kids today did not happen. But, that does not mean we did nothing... The kids loved the playground at Fullerton so much, they wanted to make a return visit. One of the times...
As you may have read, yesterday we visited the Rancocas Nature Center. One of guest appearances which stopped the boys in their tracks was a dragonfly resting on the trail path. The dragonfly stayed long enough so the boys could study it's, I...
Last year, we visited the Rancocas Nature Center later in the summer and saw many butterflies as we hiked along the Red Trail. Today, we dragged Daddy along, took the Blue Trail and saw a couple of critters that begin with "D"-- dragonflies and a...
The playground at Fullerton Memorial Park on Zelley Ave., Moorestown, was closed and removed about a year ago for safety issues. This spring, after raising funds and even getting elementary school students involved in the plans, volunteers built a brand new playground.
With Cars 2 commercials flooding my kids' programming, they are getting excited for this movie, even though there is a chance they won't get to see it until a big guy in red stuffs the DVD in a stocking in December. But, because there is excitement,...
Okay, I'll admit it. We're a family of geeks. Today was the first day of summer vacation for the kids, and what do we do? We see Green Lantern at the first available daylight showing and we go to the library. Oh, and not only do we go to Green...
What are you doing this summer? With the schools' summer break coming in just under two weeks. many parents can name a vacation or the Shore, but have very few ideas about the remainder of the, oh, eleven weeks the kids are home. In an effort to...